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Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, is constantly asked which beauty products she recommends when preparing for travel. Here, she counts down her top 10 travel essentials for summer adventure.

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Me hiking Mt. Abraham, the 5th-highest summit in Vermont

Last week, a friend told me about her upcoming 6-month South American adventure that she’s embarking on with her husband. (Color me jealous!) They’ve been budgeting for it for several years and have one simple objective: “Explore what’s out there and enjoy the adventure.” (Color me very jealous.)

When she asked for some travel-friendly beauty suggestions, I realized how often I’m asked for recommendations about good/easy/packable products. So here’s my top-ten list of simple items—many are multi-taskers and some even unisex. Let the summer travel adventures begin!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch

#1. Great as a light concealer or highlighter or for quick touch-ups, and it’s super-portable too—a cult classic for a reason.

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We’re excited about the recent launch of Velvet Orchid, the newest fragrance from designer Tom Ford. The Black Orchid perfume Tom Ford released in 2006 has been wildly popular, with fans falling for the intoxicating notes that made it unique.

Now, the brand puts a twist on the original to create a new scent that stands on its own. Both are deeply sensuous, with oriental florals that transport you directly into a balmy, exotic garden, but Velvet Orchid proves a more tender foil to Black Orchid’s femme fatale. Cool citrus, warm honey and spiced rum mix with dramatic petal notes that all combine for a lavish fragrance like none other.

Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid is online now and hits stores later this month.

Jane So, a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist from Montgomery Mall in Maryland, shares her guide to flawless, radiant skin.


My mom and me

Growing up, I always admired how beautiful my mother was. She is my greatest inspiration: a fashion designer and artist who always rocked her own unique style. I was inspired to embrace my own kind of beauty and not be afraid to stand out. After exploring different positions in retail, I fell in love with being a beauty stylist. My goal is to bring true beauty from within. I want to inspire people to be their own kind of beautiful and feel confident in their own skin, just like my mother taught me.

I love being a beauty stylist because it allows me the freedom to not only express my creativity but to customize beautiful looks for every customer. As a beauty stylist, I can share my knowledge and teach people how to be their very best! I love that I’m able to provide personal product recommendations and create a one-of-a-kind beauty. I am your ‘go-to’ girl, your best friend for beauty and someone you can trust! I will be there whenever you need me and you can count on me to make your day an amazing one! I love what I do because it embraces all that I am and gives me the chance to share my beauty secrets and bring true beauty within everyone. Today, let me share my secret to flawless, radiant skin!

“Be the best version of you!” This was a fun one-on-one beauty master class I had with my customer Michelle, where we focused on achieving radiant skin.

Want to glow and shine bright like a diamond? This season is all about healthy, glowing skin, and I want to share with you some of my favorite products!

First, I cleanse by gently massaging Erno Laszlo ‘Phelityl’ Pre-Cleansing Oil into the skin. Then I dip my Erno Laszlo ‘Sea Mud’ Deep Cleansing Bar into warm water and massage the bar directly onto the face, rinsing with warm water after a few minutes.

Once the skin is cleansed, I protect with Clarins ‘Double Serum®’ Complete Age Control Concentrate before applying any makeup products. This powerful serum is made up of 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules. You will get firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just four weeks.

To add radiance, I use Laura Mercier ‘Radiance Bronze’ Primer to give skin a smooth, glowy surface. Wear this fabulous product alone or under your foundation for a sun-kissed glow. Hydrating, water-based gel preps skin with radiance. It’s formulated with a blend of jojoba oils and vitamins A, C and E to keep skin healthy.

Lastly, I touch up the face with CHANEL ‘Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15′ powder to add a soft contour around the frame of the face. This is a beautiful product that will enhance, brighten and bronze for a custom glow with a sheer, luminous finish.

Check out what products are trending right this second on Pinterest from Nordstrom Beauty, and shop them all right now! Discover the most popular items being pinned and re-pinned by customers and followers each week. And don’t forget to follow Nordstrom Beauty Spot on Pinterest.

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World-class makeup artist. Brit beauty. Force of nature. We’ve got 10 reasons you’ll want to know more about this industry It girl, mum and modern maven. Find out all about what she loves, who she hangs out with and her pro picks for looking fab. Meet Charlotte Tilbury.

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Give your face a subtle pop of color this summer. Recently launched, these cheek and lip shades from Clinique add a bright little burst without going overboard.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm blooms on contact to highlight the natural tones and hues of your lips, giving you a little bit of color and a whole lot of hydration. The Cheek Pop blush is truly mistake-proof—you don’t even need a mirror! Just apply it with two fingertips and you’re good to go for a natural summer-flushed look. Great for your on-the-go makeup kit, these buildable, sheer colors are essential for a no-fuss touch-up.

See all of our favorite summer pops of color.

Hit rewind. Deborah Lippmann’s new collection is throwing us back to the ’80s, and these new colors are totally boss. Six vivid shades channel the decade with a full burst of energy and color to the max. Paint them on, and top the charts! Here are a couple fun manicure ideas to get you inspired.

Colors: She Drives Me Crazy (teal), Maniac (purple), Don’t Stop Believin’ (orange)

Walking On Sunshine (yellow), Whip It (pink), Video Killed The Radio Star (blue)

Re-create this look for yourself! Here’s how:

1.) Prep the nails with Gel Lab base coat. When dry, apply one thin coat of ‘Whip It’.
2.) Paint the lower half with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
3.) Paint the left half of the top section with ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
4.) Finish with Gel Lab top coat.

We’re excited about summer fragrances that not only smell great in the heat, but also evoke the perfect sunny retreat. We asked Sarah Zaret and Iris Brostowicz—two of our Beauty Stylists who specialize in fragrance—to spill on the most delectable new and classic scents inspired by summer memories.

Lei It On: Say, “summer vacation” and instantly an island getaway comes to mind. We all agree that nothing smells more like paradise than exotic flowers. Bronze Goddess from Estée Lauder teams classic suntan coconut with Tahitian gardenia. Sarah says it makes her want to turn up Ziggy Marley’s “Beach in Hawaii” for an instant mahalo moment. Eau de Lune by Laura Mercier picks mysterious plumeria to linger above other white florals and musk. The results? The perfect scent for an intimate island evening spent in a moonlit grotto. Iris loves BVLGARI Omnia Coral for a “fresh, fruity scent that somehow doesn’t overpower the senses on a sweltering day.” We bet the delicious combination of sparkling citrus with the allure of hibiscus will keep you cool in the cabana.

Stylist Tip: Summer gives perfume a one-two punch. Scents smell stronger on the skin, but sweat makes staying power take a dive. The solution? For easiest wear, opt for fragrances with excellent sillage but fewer spicy and sweet notes.

Island Longing: The noses at Bond No. 9 blended Shelter Island to recall every detail of a laid-back Long Island summer. Starting with an opulent opening of precious oud, shore-skimming marine notes quickly lure you to grab your weekender and escape the big city. Our experts love that this unisex scent satisfies both women and men looking to break out of their summer fragrance box.

Gold Coast: Feeling even more adventurous? Iris suggests Rive d’Ambre by Tom Ford for its “warm and compelling” notes. “It wraps the wearer in a blend of citrus fruits and amber. Based in essential oils, this perfume elevates daily fragrance,” she says. We couldn’t have made it sound any more daringly delicious.

Scent Staycation: Finally, for those of us who can’t get away, we can always take a journey of the mind with a great summer read. Iris cites The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende as a fave because it “pulls you into its complexities and fully entertains your mind. I would pair it with Oyédo by diptyque. It’s just as complex and fulfilling to the nose as the book is to the reader.”  Yuzu citrus lends its multifaceted Asian charm to this intricate olfactory treat, named after Edo, the former name of Tokyo.

For more summer fragrance suggestions—from fresh to floral to fruityvisit our Summer Scents Shop.

Photo credits: Mona Lee, Liz Marklewicz, Stefanie Frank, Marcie Rouman & Amy Morgan

M·A·C Senior Artist Neil Young reveals his top beauty secrets for achieving a natural, youthful glow using products from the new Sharon Osbourne for M·A·C collection.

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M·A·C Senior Artist John Stapleton demonstrates how to create a smoldering smoky eye using products from the Kelly Osbourne for M·A·C collection.

Working as Kelly Osbourne’s makeup artist has been incredible, and it all began with a lipstick. One of the first lipsticks I used on Kelly was M·A·C Pink Nouveau. The lipstick was loud, crazy, and left of center, much like the young singer.

The M·A·C Kelly Osbourne collection is perfect for all her fashion-forward fans. The smoky purples from her Bloody Brilliant Quad will be stunning on any woman. Read on to learn how to achieve the perfect smoky eye.

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